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5 Questions Everyone Should Ask About School Safety and Security

School safety is a process, not a product. It takes a village – students, parents, teachers, Student Resource Officers (SROs), custodians, lunch ladies, counselors—everyone has to be involved. Safe and Sound Schools’ comprehensive school safety framework identifies six key components to school safety and security: mental and behavioral health; health and wellness; physical safety and security; culture, […]


“Especially Safe®” program created in response to research demonstrating lack of school safety protocols inclusive of those with special needs. SANDY HOOK, Conn.—Safe and Sound Schools announces the launch of Especially Safe®, a training program and companion teaching guide designed to help schools better meet the needs of students, teachers, and other staff with special […]

Navigating a New Era in School Safety

Recently our Co-Founder, Michele Gay, caught up with Thom Jones, Senior Vice President of Threat Detection and Prevention for Navigate360, the Premier Partner for Safe and Sound School’s recent 2021 National Virtual Summit on School Safety. The following is an abridged version of their conversation. Michele: First, thank you for joining me, Thom. We’re so […]

Staying the Course: A Message from Michele

If you are feeling like time has been hard to track this past year (and the year before), you’re not alone. We’ve all juggled an enormous amount of emotion, stress, and uncertainty this year—on personal and professional fronts. Pressing on in slow motion and somehow sprinting in fast forward at the same time. A “blur,” […]

Educators Thrive in the Classroom

By Scarlett Lewis Scarlett Lewis, Sandy Hook mother and Founder of Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement™, will speak at this year’s National Summit on School Safety, October 26-28. Scarlett will join a lineup of over 30 school safety leaders and change-makers to share her life’s mission, and how the power of social and emotional learning (SEL) can change and save lives. […]

In The News: Teachers union president signals personal support for vaccine mandates

The second largest teachers union, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), is considering a vaccine mandate for teachers in schools. AFT leadership originally said that vaccinations should be voluntary, but that “circumstances have [now] changed.” Read on for more about a potential policy change for teachers on the way. Randi Weingarten, president of the American […]

n The News: Kids Are Going Back to School. How Do We Keep Them Safe?

Is it safe to send kids back to school with the Delta variant? While schools have not been major super spreaders of the virus, public health guidelines vary depending on COVID cases in each state. Read on for answers to the most common questions related to Fall 2021 and the current state of the pandemic. […]

In The News: Supply-Chain Woes Come to School Cafeterias

The pandemic pushed child hunger to record levels- even in the wealthiest areas of the US. Now, there is a growing concern that cafeterias will be hit hard by supply chain issues, labor shortages, and other challenges as schools welcome students back this Fall. Read on for more. Schools are struggling to secure food for […]

State of School Safety Report Reveals 30% Gap between Parents and Administrators on Perception of School Safety

Survey conducted by Safe and Sound Schools and Raptor Technologies shows only 65% of parents believe schools are proactively improving safety awareness versus 95% of School Administrators NEWTOWN, CT – July 13, 2021 – A report developed by Safe and Sound Schools and Raptor Technologies, based on a nationwide survey of school district administrators, public safety […]

In The News: What the Delta variant means for unvaccinated kids

As the Delta variant brings rising concern around COVID-19, communities are focusing on how the strain will impact reopening efforts for schools.  Should you be worried about the variant?  How quickly could the virus spread among kids who aren’t yet eligible to be vaccinated? Read on for answers to the biggest questions about the Delta […]